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There were times I was engaged with it, then I would grow bored and skim pages, only to get to a better section that would again hold my attention.

Una venganza de lo más fina que logra establecer una historia bastante metaficticia, un diálogo muy vibrante (aunque cuesta un poco porque hay mucha jerga de usureros, de mafiosos y de gente del cine) y un personaje principal que actualiza al clásico pícaro con su manera de escapar de las situaciones más peliagudas.For the movie's plot, Chili recounts Leo's story to Harry in the third person, as if it were a work of fiction. So Chili is, in essence, pitching an Elmore Leonard story within an Elmore Leonard novel to an Elmore Leonard character (who will ultimately be played by Gene Hackman). Hurting people who don't pay shouldn't be necessary when all you have to do is look at them with that certain look. Chasing a bad debt leads him to the bright lights of Hollywood - and to a true story that would make a great movie.

His on-point characters and no-holds-barred narratives make these stories pretty much clapperboard ready, with actors and directors including Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta and Gene Hackman queuing up for screen credits. Ray Bones is promoted and upon inheriting Chili, hassles him over a miss in his books: Leo Devoe, a drycleaner who's late on fifteen grand, plus twenty-seven hundred in interest over six weeks. For those familiar with Leonard, you know he specializes in unique approaches to crime and this one is right up his alley. He didn’t beat the reader over the head with these observations – you’d barely notice them amid all the wordplay and gunplay and some of the sleaziest, funniest, and most terrifying villains in fiction – but the commentary’s there if you look for it. The limo guys have stashed one-hundred seventy five thousand in an airport locker that the DEA is watching, but after Catlett shoots a Colombian mule who refuses to accept this as payment for cocaine Catlett bought, there aren't any consequences.Here, the apparently disparate worlds of mobsters and moviemakers seamlessly merge until the reader is left unsure where the money comes from, who runs the show, and whether there’s anyone left in either camp without blood on their hands or skeletons in the closet. Unfortunately, Bo Catlett has also been dreaming of breaking into the film industry and starts trying to drive Chili away from Harry with the idea of taking over the project. And maybe it’s Elmore Leonard’s love letter, at the close of a deliriously productive creative decade, to writing itself.

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